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Steel Industry Portal

What's new on our website


Some of our most recent site changes have included the following ...

  • Sep 2018: Added cobalt news and lithium news pages.

  • Jun 2018: Added steel plant capital investment cost data page for selected items of plant and equipment.

  • May 2018: Added very detailed site index.

  • Apr 2018: Added world map of steel industry suppliers.

  • Mar 2018: Added a steel suppliers page with company overviews for consultants, distributors, equipment suppliers, steel fabricators, information providers, traders etc. See steel suppliers. If you would like to business included in this list (for free), please place a link to www.steelonthenet.com on your website and complete our supplier listing application form.

  • Feb 2018: Steelonthenet® trade mark successfully obtained from UK Intellectual Property Office.

  • Jan 2018: Launched a sister website offering steel industry expert witness support services. Visit us at www.steelexpertwitness.com

  • Dec 2017: Added a 'ChatBot' service to the website. Our chatbot is called 'SteelBot' and he will answer most question that you may have about us. You will find a link to Steelbot at the bottom right hand side of every page.

  • Oct 2017: Added a steel discussion forum to the website. Register with us to make use of the full functionality of this forum.

  • Feb 2017: Added scrap price history page at https://www.steelonthenet.com/ferrous-scrap-prices.html

  • Jan 2017: Added a specialty steel prices page with monthly European stainless cold rolled, carbon and alloy SBQ and tool steel price data.

  • Dec 2016: If you ever ask what is the price of steel then just visit our new steel prices page for HRC, CRC, rebar and other metal prices.

  • Dec 2016: Added stainless steel and tool steel news pages. See stainless steel news and tool steel news reports.

  • Nov 2016: Added an SBQ engineering steel news page. See SBQ news reports page.

  • Oct 2016: Completed major upgrade of member's login section. Site visitors can now register for access to selected news and other pages. For overview of member services, see membership options.

  • Sep 2016: Abandoned use of the content distribution network service (CDN). This was badly impacting our website quality - especially by giving rise to missing images for some users. We enhanced our own site caching ability instead.

  • Jan 2016: Added a website tour to the home page menu. See https://www.steelonthenet.com

  • Dec 2015: Updated the home page - adding news reports, selected steel plant maps, capex costs and employment benchmarks [and more]. Visit our steel news and info home page to see the update.

  • Oct 2015: We now offer site visitors a free one week trial to our steel industry news service. Just email us a few details and we will send a user name and password enabling you to try out the new service.

  • Sep 2015: Site moved from Zeus to Apache HTTP server. This will allow us to introduce additional functionality in due course.

  • Aug 2015: Introduced a 'Members Section' with certain premium content accessible for a small charge. For further details see our subscribe page.

  • Jun 2015: Prepared several new website pages that discuss steel demand trends, steelmaking technology trends, and more.

  • Apr 2015: Added a new page on world trade flows of steel. Click here for the latest global movements in world steel imports and exports.

  • Mar 2015: Added a steel sector recruitment service. For latest executive search visit our steel industry recruitment page.

  • Feb 2015: Finalised major improvements to site loading speed. Among the many steps involved here we included the following: losslessly optimised all images; adopted the use of sprites; streamlined and minified our css; enabled HTTP compression; merged [and repositioned] requisite Javascript files; introduced file caching where appropriate; eliminated all page redirects; adopted a CDN for many of our static assets ... and more! For the technically-minded, our performance target for all key pages was to attain a webpagetest 'Speed Index' score (repeat view) approaching 500 milliseconds; to attain a Google PageSpeed mobile-desktop mark of 90-95 or better; and to get YSlow score of 95% or more. All these targets were achieved in early 2015. For current site loading results, click PageSpeed

  • Dec 2014: Completed re-design of mobile website. Our site now works much better with all tablets and mobiles - why not check us out?

  • Nov 2014: Launched our YouTube channel. For tips and advice concerning steel industry analysis and research - and other commentary - visit our YouTube steel channel.

  • Oct 2014: Added forecasts through to the year 2025 for scrap, iron ore and for steel prices. Visitors may subscribe to a service that provides the up-to-date data on a monthly basis for just $400/year. Visit steel price forecasts page for further info.

  • Jul 2014: Corporate history pages updated for firms such as ArcelorMittal, Baosteel, Evraz, Hebei Steel, Gerdau, IMIDRO, Metinvest etc. See Knowledge Base index.

  • Jun 2014: Added a new crossword. To see the latest puzzle, visit our steel crossword puzzle page.

  • Mar 2014: Updated billet, slab, hrc, crc, rebar, hdg and other prices tables with full-year 2013 data. See our Knowledge Base Costs and Prices section.

  • Feb 2014: Set up a new background on our Twitter page. Check it out at https://twitter.com/steelonthenet.

  • Jan 2014: Expanded our presence on GooglePlus. Visit us at https://plus.google.com/+steelonthenet/.

  • Dec 2013: Added history of IMIDRO. See IMIDRO history page.

  • Sep 2013: New steel training page added, covering online video tutorials about blast furnace iron making, BOF- and EAF-steelmaking, hot strip rolling, seamless and welded tube making. See our steel industry training page.

  • Sep 2013: Added a YouTube video page. Watch the latest topical steel industry YouTube clips. Visit our steel industry videos page.

  • Aug 2013: Added a 'desktop view' option [see foot of home page]. This allows site visitors usings tablets or similar small-screen devices to view the full desktop version of the website [giving access to more site pages], if they choose to do so. Select 'default view' to restore normal view at any time. A cookie remembers any preference for 365 days.

  • Apr 2013: Prepared a detailed analysis of 2012 steel demand. See 2012 world steel demand analysis.

  • Mar 2013: Site relaunched in a responsive web design - for viewing on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and PCs on screen widths ranging from 240-1920 pixels. Why not check how our website looks on your preferred device today?

  • Feb 2013: Put together a range of steel industry maps illustrating global steel plant locations. Visit steel industry maps.

  • Jan 2013: Added a 'steel spreads' page, illustrating historic pricing differentials between scrap and billet, scrap and rebar, billet and rebar - and between slab, HRC and CRC. See steel price spreads charts.

  • Nov 2012: Launched a steel plant 'diagnostics' service based on KPI assessment and international benchmarking of steel plant performance. For further info see our key performance indicators page.

  • Nov 2012: Created a 'steel experts' page with photographs (and brief profiles) of some of our consultants. See steel industry experts page.

  • Nov 2012: Compiled some client case studies, describing typical consulting work. Visit steel industry consulting case studies page to learn how we approached three recent projects.

  • Oct 2012: Updated international steel industry who's who list. Executive listings may be sorted by name, by job title, by company and by country.

  • Sep 2012: Offered key performance indicators for sale for a wide range of iron and steelmaking process steps.

  • Sep 2012: Expanded online store to include steel market trends reports, price and cost forecasts, steel demand appraisals, steel sector SWOT analyses and similar offerings.

  • May 2012: Added cookie policy page to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 for protection of privacy of internet users.

  • May 2012: Added chart showing historic hot dip galvanised steel prices. See our steel price history page.

  • Mar 2012: Added news page with steel industry analyst reports.

  • Jan 2012: Commenced use of a content distribution network for selected static files - for faster distribution of our content to more distant geographies.

  • Sep 2011: Expanded steel quiz from 20 to 25 questions and added Hall of Fame of high quiz scores.

  • Jul 2011: Added European blast furnace coke price chart and data. See European coke prices page.

  • Jun 2011: Registration requirement relaxed, allowing all site visitors open access 24/7 to our steel industry knowledge base [without prior login].

  • Jun 2011: Cost model added showing typical seamless tube conversion costs.

  • May 2011: Cost model added showing typical welded tube conversion costs.

  • May 2011: Analysis added of notable suppliers of steel industry plant and equipment.

  • Apr 2011: Posted a YouTube video about future world steel prices.

  • Apr 2011: Added new pages about global 2010 steel modernisation projects and 2011 steel industry capital investment projects.

  • Apr 2011: Prepared a short YouTube video Introduction to Steelonthenet.com.

  • Mar 2011: Added stainless steel industry newsfeed. See stainless steel sector press reports page.

  • Jan 2011: Launched new global transport cost estimation service. If you are moving coal, scrap, iron ore or steel from A to B around the world, visit our freight costs page and get a feel for this new service.

  • Dec 2010: Added 'Integrity Safe' business verification and 'Network Solutions Assured' ID site verifications to the website. For further information, please click on the relevant banners on the about us page.

  • Dec 2010: Re-launched website in 2-column CSS-based fixed width design format, with horizontal navigation menu.

  • Nov 2010: Added newsfeeds for Rio Tinto news, Shanghai Baosteel , Evraz Group news and ThyssenKrupp news.

  • Nov 2010: Launched company feeds for ArcelorMittal news, BHP news, Gerdau news, Nippon Steel, Nucor, POSCO of Korea, SAIL, Severstal Group, Tata Steel, U.S. Steel, Vale of Brazil and Xstrata.

  • Nov 2010: Added steel capex report for sale. A 100 page report all about capital investment costs in the steel industry. Coverage includes ironmaking and steelmaking plus ancillary plant. See steelmaking capital investment costs report.

  • Sep 2010: Audio edition added to main news. See steel news page and press the 'listen' button near top of page

  • Aug 2010: Offered new consulting service - PCI implementation support. For further info, visit our coal injection support page

  • Jun 2010: Offered steel industry plant capital investment cost data for sale. See steel capex database offer

  • Feb 2010: Finalised European SBQ report. Read about supply and demand of engineering steel in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. See steel SBQ report.